We design projects
We believe that creating successful international legal cooperation projects requires experience, understanding of local needs and commitment to quality standards. Our project ideas and proposals have these factors built in. We start each new project design with thorough research of the current situations, paying attention to risks and sustainability factors. It is a process in which beneficiaries are consulted and closely involved, a process which helps us define realistic, but impactful outcomes. Further, when it comes to bringing together the right people, we take pride in being able to involve in our proposals recognised experts in the field. We have access to a wide network of legal professionals with extensive expertise in the various and complex aspects of rule of law and CILC brings in its own expertise: project management. Last but not least, we believe in teaming up. In our project proposals we identify ways to work with like-minded organisations with which we develop a common approach for each project. Our sister organisations in Germany (IRZ) and France (JCI) are good examples of such like-minded organisations.
We manage projects
CILC is involved in managing and implementing a wide range of projects, such as training smaller groups of professionals (for example in legislative drafting), supporting introduction of justice reform strategies, or facilitating regional cooperation for law enforcement. We bring together experienced professionals to share good practices, to listen to and learn from each other.
No matter the size of a project, we apply the same principles and standards of aid effectiveness and we focus on generating sustainable development by building capacity in others. At CILC we guide our work by the code of conduct of Dutch development organisations.
We provide advice
On specific requests from donors or public institutions in our target countries, we conduct gaps and needs analysis. Such studies are needed in order to help donors to determine their interventions and help them in their programming of assistance. Our colleagues are often requested to moderate policy dialogues and to facilitate regional networks. This happens outside the direct scope of our projects, but we consider it our responsibility to share our knowledge and insight where it can be of value.
Due to our privileged home base in the Hague, the international city of peace and justice, we can offer advisory services to non-Dutch legal organisations or public institutions who want to get access to the international legal community based here. CILC is open, thinking along and connected to relevant partners and their expertise.